It’s been a long road so far, but I feel like I’ve just pulled out of the driveway.

After polishing my first three chapters, drafting my synopsis, fine-tuning and personalizing each query letter, researching and selecting the most suitable agents, I sent off half as many queries as intended. The goal was six, so three more to go.

Reading comments on Query Tracker is helpful, as they give a good idea of what to expect in terms of rejection content and turnaround. If I hadn’t read the comments, I may have felt a little defeated when my first rejection came just 10 hours after I sent it.

So, armed with that tired adage of “every no is one step closer to a yes”, the rejection didn’t feel good, but it felt like something. Each hurdle, no matter how big or small, feels one step closer to being (I loathe the term) a “real” writer.

After all, it’s better to be a little known writer than to forever lament how “I always wanted to write”.

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